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Atlas Shrugged
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as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
  • Francisco shook his head slowly; the conscious deliberation of the movement gave it an air that was almost sadness.
  • "I shall comply with your terms," she answered; her voice had the shrewd, confident, deliberating slowness of a trader.

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  • We deliberated into the evening.
  • We need to deliberate on this further before making a decision.

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unspecified meaning
  • Taking her time deliberately, she unbuttoned her coat, sat down at her desk, started to pull off her gloves.
  • He spoke five languages, and he spoke English without a trace of accent, a precise, cultured English deliberately mixed with slang.

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  • She realized suddenly that playing with those marbles was not a deliberate affectation on his part; it was restlessness; he could not remain inactive for long.
  • She saw him smile faintly in deliberate emphasis of what he understood and did not choose to acknowledge.
  • She took her hat and coat off, walked across the room and slowly, very deliberately sat down at her desk.
  • She threw the blanket off with a stressed, deliberate sweep of her arm.
  • She turned deliberately and glanced back.
  • She walked slowly, deliberately across the room and leaned against a table, facing him, her hands holding the table’s edge, her shoulders thrown back.
  • He went on sullenly, as if she were guilty of a deliberate offense against him.
  • She picked up a cigarette box, extended it to him, then held the flame of a lighter to the tip of his cigarette, in the deliberate manner of waiting on him.

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  • He stood looking at her across the room, refusing to let himself approach her, deliberately prolonging the pleasure of knowing that he could do it whenever he wished.
  • He caught a glimpse of his own figure: the tall body distorted by a sloppy, sagging posture, as if in deliberate negation of human grace, the thinning hair, the soft, sullen mouth.
  • She raised her head and looked straight at him; her eyes had the blank, veiled look he had seen before, a look of deliberate mystery and of confidence in his inability to solve it.
  • His only mark of distinction seemed to be a bulbous nose, a bit too large for the rest of him; his manner was meek, but it conveyed a preposterous hint, the hint of a threat deliberately kept furtive, yet intended to be recognized.
  • Its style of indolent luxury, of velvet drapes, sculptured panels and candlelight, seemed a deliberate contrast to its function: no one could afford its hospitality except men who came to New York on business, to settle transactions involving the world.
  • Dagny’s eyes moved deliberately straight to hers.
  • I am destroying d’Anconia Copper, consciously, deliberately, by plan and by my own hand.
  • He sat looking at her for a moment, studying her face, as if deliberately letting her see the amusement in his.
  • She considered him for a moment, deliberately letting him wait.
  • Galt held his glance, deliberately and openly, as if challenging him to find the explanation and promising that he would fail.
  • She turned and walked away indifferently, leaving them together, as if in deliberate proof of her words.
  • There won’t be any evidence of deliberate destruction.
  • He stood looking at her for a deliberate moment, as if to confirm the meaning she would read in his answer: "To New York."
  • Lillian glanced sharply at Rearden’s face, as if in deliberate emphasis.
  • His swift glance at her was like a shot of deliberate emphasis, then he answered gravely, "Yes, Miss Taggart."
  • With deliberate slowness, as if to underscore the meaning of his gesture, he offered her a cigarette.
  • As if in deliberate answer to her involuntary movement of escape, Galt stopped the car in front of the house.
  • She felt no shock and no rebellion, only the cheerless serenity of her assurance-and she raised her head to face him, with a slow, deliberate movement, as if telling him that she had chosen her stand and that she stood in the open.
  • Glancing at the paper, Rearden wondered whether it was a deliberate mockery of decency, or so low an estimate of their victims’ intelligence, that had made the designers of this paper print the text across a faint drawing of the Statue of Liberty.
  • He turned with too swift a movement-then, too slowly, as if in deliberate emphasis, he completed the task of pouring the wine, filling the three vessels on the table.
  • She looked like a schoolgirl, with the tailored collar of a pale blue nightgown lying severely high at the base of her throat; the nightgown’s front was a deliberate contrast to the severity, a spread of pale blue embroidery that looked luxuriously adult and feminine.
  • She turned to him, in the ray of a street lamp, raising and holding her face in full light for a silent, deliberate moment, as if in answer and confirmation of his thought.
  • The little creature seemed barely a week old, it looked like a ball of white fur with graceful long legs, it kept bounding in a manner of deliberate, gaily ferocious awkwardness, all four of its legs held stiff and straight.
  • "No," said Rearden; it was almost a whisper, he had to keep his voice down, he was afraid that he would hear himself scream it, "no …. if this is the key to you, no, don’t expect me to cheer you …. you didn’t have the strength to fight them …. you chose the easiest, most vicious way …. deliberate destruction …. the destruction of an achievement you hadn’t produced and couldn’t match…… " ’That’s not what you’ll read in the newspapers tomorrow.
  • She turned the corner, with deliberately resonant steps, then stopped abruptly to listen: it was hard to tell whether the abnormal tightness inside her chest was the sound of her own heartbeats, and hard to distinguish it from the sound of distant wheels and from the glassy rustle which was the East River somewhere close by; but she heard no sound of human steps behind her.
  • As they drove on along the edge of the lake, she asked, "You’ve mapped this route deliberately, haven’t you?
  • He let a moment pass, in deliberate emphasis, then answered, "My two best friends.
  • She leaned back a little, as if complying with the meaning of his glance, and said dryly, efficiently, in deliberate denial, "I have checked your shirts and found one with two buttons missing, and another with the left elbow worn through.

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as in: deliberate insult Define
to do something intentionally
as in: need to deliberate Define
to think about or discuss -- especially with great care
as in: a deliberate thinker Define
done with great care -- often slowly
as in: with all deliberate speed Define
as fast as possible while being thorough and careful
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